Hallau Autumn Sundays


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Social practices
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Description

The Schaffhausen tradition of viticulture and wine production dates back centuries and puts the canton among the largest winemaking areas of German-speaking Switzerland. Today, vintners across twenty municipalities produce wine on an area of approximately 500 hectares, generating an average harvest value of 15 million Swiss francs. In 2002, vineyard owners, vintners and the professional association “Schaffhausen Wine” relaunched the area as a wine region by starting the “Schaffhauser Blauburgunderland” project, named after the Pinot Noir grape.

The winemaking in the region gives rise to a large number of wine festivals, of which the best known is the Hallau Autumn Sundays festival. The origins of the event date back to the autumn fairs and wine festivals that began in 1935. In 1946 these were coupled with a procession, which has been a part of the celebrations every year since 1966. Elaborate floats, traditional dress and music groups make the processions the undisputed highlight of the autumn festival and enchant thousands of visitors.

Image gallery

  • Themed float at the Hallau Autumn Sundays procession in 2011 © Detlef Moll, Hallau, 2011
  • Village fountain decorated around the theme of the traditional card game “Jassen” for the 2011 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Detlef Moll, Hallau, 2011
  • Village fountain decorated with a meteorological theme for the 2011 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Detlef Moll, Hallau, 2011
  • Procession during the 1969 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Bruno und Eric, Schaffhausen 1969/Stadtarchiv Schafhausen
  • Procession during the 1968 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Bruno und Eric, Schaffhausen 1968/Stadtarchiv Schafhausen
  • Themed float at the Hallau Autumn Sundays procession in 2011 © Detlef Moll, Hallau, 2011
  • Village fountain decorated around the theme of the traditional card game “Jassen” for the 2011 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Detlef Moll, Hallau, 2011
  • Village fountain decorated with a meteorological theme for the 2011 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Detlef Moll, Hallau, 2011
  • Procession during the 1969 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Bruno und Eric, Schaffhausen 1969/Stadtarchiv Schafhausen
  • Procession during the 1968 Hallau Autumn Sundays festival © Bruno und Eric, Schaffhausen 1968/Stadtarchiv Schafhausen

Video

A taster of the 2011 Hallau Autumn Sundays procession © Dieter Amsler, Schaffhausen 2011

References and documentation

Publications
  • Gemeinde Hallau (Ed.): Geschichte von Hallau. Hallau, 1991

  • Fritz Grüninger: Fünfzigster Hallauer Herbstumzug. In: Schaffhauser MappeMagazin 3. Beringen, 2007, p. 39-41

  • Hans Grüninger: Werbung für Rebland und Wein. In: Schaffhauser Magazin 1. Beringen, 2003

  • Herbert Neukomm: Der Rebbau im Kanton Schaffhausen. In: Schaffhauser MappeMagazin 3. Beringen, 2007, p. 16-17

Documentation